Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has disclosed that he has never thought of signing Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi.
Messi has been heavily linked with a move to City over the past two years.
But Guardiola stated that he knew how Messi is important to Barca, adding that he never said he wanted the Argentina captain to leave the La Liga champions for the Premier League champions.
“When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here,” Evening Standard quoted Guardiola as saying ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Southampton.
“I never went to both clubs and said I want this player.
“I know how important he is for Barcelona. I never made the first step to say I want this player. Never.
“I said a thousand times I want him to stay at Barcelona. I want that.”
Guardiola coached Messi during his time with the Camp Nou club, wining lots of trophies and individual honours.